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Outdoor Recreation as an Economic Engine

June 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Outdoor Recreation as an Economic Engine

Millions of Americans and Canadians take pleasure in the pursuit of enjoyment in the outdoors. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved But we rarely consider the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry on local communities and the entire country. Newly released information from three separate and diverse studies provides a revealing look at the outdoor recreation industry as an economic engine that employs millions of Americans and Canadians and contributes billions of dollars to the economy. These studies were commissioned or conducted by the Outdoor Industry Association, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the National Park Service. The Conservation Economy in America, commissioned by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and conducted by Southwick Associates, reports the economic impacts of direct investments into... [Read more...]

Mumford and Sons Come to Taos

June 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mumford and Sons Come to Taos

The small town of Taos, NM, with a population of about 5000 persons, experienced the supreme pleasure of hosting the award winning band, Mumford and Sons, along with 8000 fans in a delightful outdoor venue in early June, 2013. I write this not so you can bemoan the fact that you were not in attendance or were unaware of this event, but so that you can keep this small town on your short list of places to visit on future camping or RVtrips. You see, the Mumford visit also brought to town approximately 11,000 persons from outside of Taos. How this small town handled the chaos and met the needs of their visitors is nothing short of exemplary. And, though the Mumford concert is over so that opportunity has passed, this small town hosts similar events on an annual basis. Most years, the last weekend in June brings the Solar Music Festival to town. As the home of the nation’s largest solar powered radio station, KTAO (www.ktao.com on the web if you want to stream it), it was a natural fit that... [Read more...]

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

June 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

    Earlier this month, we were blessed with the opportunity to take a trip to Moore, OK, to help with the tornado cleanup relief efforts there.  While we were in Moore, we took a Sunday afternoon and went to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Since we travel with kids of all ages, I was curious as to how the National Park Service would handle such a tragedy – namely, if it would be appropriate for my littles to visit, or if it would be overwhelmingly sorrowful. We found out that, actually, this memorial isn’t officially a National Park, but the park service has a presence here; the park service is only an affiliate, and the OKC National Memorial Foundation owns and runs the grounds, all on private funding (no NPS monies). The outside memorial grounds are open 24/7, and the park service provides rangers (there are also onsite, armed, security); during the summer, the rangers are there until 10pm!      The Jr. Ranger books here are great for little ones! ... [Read more...]

Finding Creative Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

June 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Finding Creative Ways to Stay Fit on the Road

Hello from Lake Mead, Nevada! I’m sitting at the picnic table outside our RV sipping green tea from a mug that says, “Organized people are too lazy to look for things.” Ha! Husband James got it for me during a recent trip to Sedona. On the other side, it says, “I can’t clean because I get distracted by all the cools things I find.” See? Even this mug is so cool it’s distracting me from my writing! What I REALLY should be doing is exercising right now. After all, it’s 6 a.m. When Das Bus is parked and we’re home, I always exercise at 6am. So what am I doing sitting here chuckling at my silly mug? Even for me, an exercise specialist, staying in shape while RVing can be tough. I can point fingers at the hours and hours of being strapped in the co-pilot’s chair, my body as idle as that last road sign that whizzed by. And then I can blame the size of our RV, because where in our Class B can I stow a squat rack or some weight machines? While both driving time and space issues... [Read more...]

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Camco RhinoFlex Clear Swivel – review

Last year while we were in Syracuse, my husband saw something very interesting at Camping World.    He thought it was the greatest thing in the world and immediately wanted to have one.    So without hesitation, he put his find in the cart and we purchased it when we left the store. I probably picked your curiosity by now and you are wondering what I am talking about.   The item my husband fell in love with at the Camping World store was the RhinoFlex Clear Swivel fitting in a 90 degree angle from Camco. This fitting can be put directly on your black/grey pipe coming out of your RV so that you can observe whatever is coming out of there – yes everything.     It features a swivel lug and bayonet fittings so that you can be assured that you have a secure connection (because nobody would want it to open… if you see what I mean.).   The clear part of the elbow will allow you to see the discarded water go through which is fabulous apparently to determine if all the “garbage”... [Read more...]

Marchi Mobile eleMMent: World’s Most Expensive Motorhome for Sale

June 25, 2013 by · 6 Comments 

Marchi Mobile eleMMent: World’s Most Expensive Motorhome for Sale

Are you in the market for a futuristic and slightly bizarre luxury recreational vehicle? Marchi Mobile eleMMent Aren’t we all? Taking a rather futuristic leap is the Marchi Mobile eleMMent, which offers luxury and comfort, along with flexibilities of space rarely applied anywhere. Their purposely misspelt eleMMent line, playing up the company’s double-M namesake, is the latest high-end luxury coach to include amenities that no one really needs in a recreational vehicle but would probably love to have given an unlimited pocketbook. What has been dubbed the most expensive motorhome in the world has gone on sale in Dubai for a cool £2 million. That’s the equivalent of $3.1 million U.S. dollars. This state-of-the-art motorhome comes in a stunning gold but it is also available in white. The 45-foot, space-age eleMMent Palazzo comes complete with a colossal master bedroom and 40-inch TV. From the conference/dining table to the entire lounge, you have the option of spreading the chassis... [Read more...]

California Hiking…

June 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

California Hiking…

In May I flew to California to visit my oldest daughter, Kate, who lives with her husband in Livermore, CA, about an hour from San Francisco. Our youngest daughter, 20-year-old Meghan, is spending the summer between her Sophomore and Junior year of college with her sister. It was a bonus to be able to visit both daughters at the same time. Kate asked what I would like to do when I visited and one of the first things on my list was to see the park and trail where she regularly hikes. Thus, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, the three of us, along with Kate’s English Cocker Spaniel, Maddie, headed over to Del Valle Regional Park for a hike. We pulled in and parked, all of us eager to get to the trail, especially Maddie. I learned that Del Valle contains miles of scenic hiking and riding trails. Our hike on the Shore Line Trail followed the shoreline of Lake Del Valle, affording spectacular lake views nearly the length of our hike and allowing Maddie the opportunity to cool off by jumping... [Read more...]

Olympic National Park Celebrates 75 Years!

June 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you know that Olympic National Park is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year? On June 29, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the law and established Olympic National Park. This massive park, located in Washington State, consists of 922,651 protected acres, 70 miles of rugged windswept coastline, and three distinct ecosystems.  The park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world and was nearly named “Elk National Park.” For more information on these magnificent animals, click here. For historical information and tips for planning your trip, click here.  On June 29th, all entrance fees to the park will be waived. Have you been to  Olympic National Park recently or not so recently?

Top Fourth of July Parks Chosen by Good Sam RV Travel Guide

June 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Fourth of July Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory When the United States Celebrates its 237th birthday on July 4,  RVers will break out the fireworks, sparklers and barbecue grills at campgrounds across the  Lower 48 and Alaska. To help travelers find the RV parks that offer the best Fourth of July camping, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the most patriotic RV Parks on North America. The list is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that put them a short distance from fireworks displays, patriotic music performances and other Fourth celebrations. Some campgrounds even get into the act by organizing special Fourth of July celebrations right there in the campground. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Fourth... [Read more...]

Ancient Desert Water Hole: Montezuma Well

June 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ancient Desert Water Hole: Montezuma Well

Montezuma Well is a detached unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument located approximately 11 miles north of the park. It’s not actually a well and has nothing to do with Montezuma but being wrongly named doesn’t detract at all from its serene beauty. It’s NOT a well and Montezuma was never here! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved This unique geological feature is a limestone sink formed long ago by the collapse of an immense underground cavern. This continuous flow of warm, fresh water has created a lush, verdant oasis in the middle of desert grassland. Such a reliable source of life-giving water has lured humans for thousands of years, although Montezuma was never one of them. Early settlers to the area believed that the exquisitely-preserved five-story cliff dwelling belonged to Aztec emperor Montezuma. In truth, the “castle” was built by the Sinagua and was deserted a century before Montezuma was born. Yet the name stuck to both the ruins and the beautiful pond which... [Read more...]

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